The weekend of June 5 through 7 was a busy one for central Alberta police officers, who charged five individuals and recovered stolen vehicles.
The Rocky Mountain House RCMP and Crime Reduction Unit responded to a large volume of calls for service and conduct self generated patrols in the South Fork area of Clearwater County.
RCMP charged five individuals with a total of 31 charges and 14 traffic safety act charges.
RCMP recovered four stolen vehicles among other stolen property. The items towed from Crown land are: five vehicles, one holiday trailer, two dirtbikes, and a boat with trailer.
On June 5, at 11:47 p.m., officers responded to a theft in progress on a rural property south west of Rocky Mountain House. The thieves were interrupted by the property owner who then reported the theft to the RCMP.
Police located two stolen vehicles in the area. Both vehicles fled, however RCMP were able to contain them and used a tire deflation device to stop them. Three suspects fled on foot from the stolen vehicle. With assistance from RCMP police dog services and RCMP air services, all three individuals were located and arrested. The vehicle used in the attempted theft was reported stolen by a suspect who allegedly assaulted the owner in the face with a handgun and threatened to kill him.
Sarah Beach, 26 was charged with flight from police, resist arrest and possession of stolen property.
Ryan Forslund, 36, is charged with eight criminal code charges including flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property. He is also charged with two offences under the traffic safety act.
Following a hearing, both Beach and Forslund were released from custody.
Joshua Severin, 27, was charged with 12 criminal charges including flight from police, resist arrest and seven counts of fail to comply with conditions. He is also charged with two offences under the traffic safety act. Following a hearing, Severin was remanded into custody.
On June 7 shortly after the release of Ryan Forslund, he was the subject of a traffic stop in Rocky Mountain House, and is facing possession of methamphetamine, failing to comply with a release order charges and five charges under the traffic safety act. Forslund again had a judicial interim release hearing was released on cash bail.
The other occupant of the vehicle, a 40-year-old female is facing five charges under the traffic safety act.
On June 7, shortly after 10:15, RCMP attended a campsite and located a man who was known to be bound by several conditions that he was in breach of. Paul Andrew Woods, 39 of Blackfalds, was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his conditions of release. Woods was held for a release hearing and was remanded into custody.
On June 7, while on a separate investigation at the campsite, RCMP entered into a trafficking methamphetamine investigation. Chad Halter, 31 was arrested for failing to comply with parole release conditions, and possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking. RCMP seized approximately 130 grams of methamphetamine, three grams of cocaine, $1,285 in cash, and a Max Defence stun baton. Halter was charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine, and proceeds of crime. Halter had a release hearing and he was remanded into custody.
The Rocky Mountain House RCMP with the crime reduction unit will continue to patrol the detachment area with a view to conducting pro active policing in areas that are deemed to be ‘hot spots’. The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity or persons to the Rocky Mountain House RCMP.